BUSINESS ASKS SOUTH AFRICAN GOVT TO REVIEW ITS ENERGY POLICY

JOHANNESBURG, Dec 10 — The South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) says the government should urgently review its energy policy after national power utility Eskom said its maintenance programme is four years behind schedule and is the contributing factor to the ongoing load-shedding in the country.

Eskom has been battling with supplying electricity because of on-going technical failures and last Friday, the power utility had to implement Stage Three load- shedding after three coal-fired power stations tripped.
On Monday, three of its generators were not functioning.

Sacci chief executive Neren Rau said here Tuesday: “I think that the primary area of focus should be the fact that Eskom has for a long time warned that maintenance is a problem. Maintenance is a risk and now we are seeing the consequences of not adhering to a stringent maintenance.

“From the government’s perspective, I think that it is important that government reviews its total energy policy which looks at the total energy mix and I think that’s where we need to turn our attention for the foreseeable future.”

SOURCE: SABC